United States District Court for the District of Maryland

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District of Maryland
Fourth Circuit
Maryland District.jpeg
Chief:Deborah ChasanowJudges:8
Posts:10Vacancies:2
Active judges
BennettBlakeBredarGrimmHollanderQuarlesRussell
Senior Judges
BlackGarbisHarveyMessitteMotzNickersonSmalkinTitusYoung
Magistrate Judges
Chief Magistrate:William Connelly
AndersonDayDiGirolamoGallagherGasnerGauveySchulzeSullivan
Former Judges
Key:
(Numbers indicate % of seats vacant.)
0%0%-10%
10%-25%25%-40%
More than 40%
Contents
1 Court
1.1 Vacancy warning level
1.2 Jurisdiction
1.2.1 Cases heard
1.2.2 Case load
1.3 Clerk's office
1.4 History
1.4.1 Court history
1.4.2 Judicial posts
1.4.3 Notable decisions
1.4.4 Federal courthouse
1.5 Major news
1.6 See also
1.7 External links
1.8 References
2 Judges

The United States District Court for the District of Maryland is the United States district court whose jurisdiction is the state of Maryland.

Notable judges in this district include William Paca, a signer of the United States Declaration of Independence.

The United States Attorney for the District of Maryland represents the United States in civil and criminal litigation in the court. The current district attorney is Rod J. Rosenstein .[1]

When decisions of the court are appealed, they are appealed to the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals based in Downtown Richmond, VA at the Lewis F. Powell Federal Courthouse.

Vacancy warning level

The United States District Court for the District of Maryland's vacancy warning level is currently set at yellow. The court currently has two vacancies of its ten posts.

Jurisdiction

The Counties of Maryland (click for larger map)

The jurisdiction of the District of Maryland consists of all the counties in the state of Maryland.

There are two court divisions, each covering the following counties:

The Baltimore (Northern) Division, covering Allegany, Anne Arundel, Baltimore, Balitmore City, Caroline, Carroll, Cecil, Dorchester, Frederick, Garrett, Harford, Howard, Kent, Queen Anne's, Somerset, Talbot, Washington, Wicomico and Worcester Counties

The Greenbelt (Southern) Division, covering Calvert, Charles, Montgomery, Prince George's and St. Mary's Counties

When decisions of the court are appealed, they are appealed to the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals based in Downtown Richmond, VA at the Lewis F. Powell Federal Courthouse.

Cases heard

The District of South Carolina has original jurisdiction over cases filed within its jurisdiction. These cases can include civil and criminal matters that fall under federal law.

Case load

Federal Court Case Load Statistics*
YearStarting case load:Cases filed:Total cases:Cases terminated:Remaining cases:Median time(Criminal)**:Median time(Civil)**:3 Year Civil cases#:Vacant posts:## Trials/Post
2012 4789490096895159 453012.56.6121 (3.7%)15.723
2011 4751500697574967 479010.87.8179 (5.5%)14.623
2010 4314482391374382 475510.67.4471 (14.2%)22.727
2009 4149455587044383 432110.77547 (17.7%)1217
2008 4092440484964339 415710.97538 (17.9%)119
200736924579827144353836106.3507 (17.3%)020
*All statistics are taken from the Official Federal Courts' Website and reflect the calendar year through September.    **Time in months from filing to completion.
#This statistic includes cases which have been appealed in higher courts.    ##This is the total number of months that any judicial posts had spent vacant that year.
MD Terminations Filed.jpg MD Median Times.jpg

Clerk's office

The District of Maryland has two main divisions and seven remote locations throughout the state. Offices are open from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Monday through Friday excluding Federal Holidays and the day after Thanksgiving. The official Clerk of Court is Felicia C. Cannon and she can be reached at 410-962-2600. Please consult the chart below for more information on courthouse locations:

Location Address Phone number
Baltimore Division * 101 W. Lombard Street

Baltimore, MD 21201

(410) 962-2600
Greenbelt Division * 6500 Cherrywood Lane

Greenbelt, MD 20770

(301) 344-0660
Aberdeen Proving Ground School Street, Building 204

Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland 21005

(410) 278-1581
Andrews Air Force Base
Fort Detrick
Hagerstown 35 East Washington Street

Hagerstown, MD 21740

(301) 790-0311
Naval Academy Annapolis, Maryland
Naval Air Station Patuxent River Lexington Park

St Mary's County, Maryland

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History

Court history

The District of Maryland was established by Congress on September 24, 1789 with one post to cover the entire state. Over time 9 additional judicial posts were added to the court for a total of 10 current posts.[3]

Judicial posts

The following table highlights the development of judicial posts for the District of Maryland:

Year Statute Total Seats
September 24, 1789 1 Stat. 73 1
February 24, 1910 36 Stat. 201 2 (1 Temporary)
1912 Post Expired 1
March 3, 1927 44 Stat. 1346 2
May 19, 1961 75 Stat 80 4
March 18, 1966 80 Stat. 75 5
June 2, 1970 84 Stat. 294 7
October 20, 1978 92 Stat. 1629 9
July 10, 1984 98 Stat. 333 10
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Notable cases

For a searchable list of opinions, please see Opinions of the District of Maryland.


Federal courthouse

There are two federal courthouses that serve the District of Maryland.

See also

External links

References

District of Maryland
Fourth Circuit
Maryland District.jpeg
Chief:Deborah ChasanowJudges:8
Posts:10Vacancies:2
Active judges
BennettBlakeBredarGrimmHollanderQuarlesRussell
Senior Judges
BlackGarbisHarveyMessitteMotzNickersonSmalkinTitusYoung
Magistrate Judges
Chief Magistrate:William Connelly
AndersonDayDiGirolamoGallagherGasnerGauveySchulzeSullivan
Former Judges
Key:
(Numbers indicate % of seats vacant.)
0%0%-10%
10%-25%25%-40%
More than 40%
Contents
1 Court
2 Judges
2.1 Active Judges
2.1.1 Article III judges
2.1.2 Pending appointments
2.1.3 Senior judges
2.2 Past judges
2.2.1 Former Chief judges
2.2.2 Former judges

Active judges

Article III judges

JudgeBornHomeAppointed byActiveChiefPreceededBachelorsLaw
Judge Richard Bennett1947Baltimore, MDW. Bush 04/10/2003 - PresentFrederic SmalkinU. of Pennsylvania, B.A., 1969U. of Maryland Law, J.D., 1973
Judge Catherine Blake1950Boston, MAClinton 08/14/1995 - PresentJohn HargroveHarvard-Radcliffe College, A.B., 1972Harvard Law, J.D., 1975
Judge William Quarles1948Baltimore, MDW. Bush 03/14/2003 - PresentWilliam NickersonU. of Maryland, B.S., 1976Catholic U. of America, J.D., 1979
Chief Judge Deborah Chasanow1948Washington, DCClinton 10/20/1993 - Present2010 - PresentAlex HarveyRutgers U., B.A., 1970Stanford Law, J.D., 1974
Judge Ellen Hollander1949New York, NYObama 12/28/2010 - PresentAndre DavisGoucher College, B.A., 1971Georgetown U. Law, J.D., 1974
Judge James BredarFebruary 6, 1957Omaha, NebraskaObama 12/16/2010 - PresentFrederick MotzHarvard University, B.A., 1979Georgetown University, J.D., 1982
Judge Paul GrimmDecember 26, 1951Yokohama, JapanObama 12/3/2012 - PresentBenson Everett LeggU. of California, Davis, A.B., 1973U. of New Mexico Law, J.D., 1976
Judge George L. Russell, III1965Baltimore, MDObama 5/14/2012-PresentPeter MessitteMorehouse College, B.A., 1988U. of Maryland Law, J.D., 1991


Pending appointments

JudgeConfirmationBachelorsLaw
Theodore ChuangHarvard, B.A., 1991Harvard Law School, J.D., 1994
George Jarrod HazelMorehouse College, B.A., 1996Georgetown U. Law, J.D., 1999


Senior judges

JudgeAppointed byActiveChiefSeniorBachelorsLaw
Senior Judge Walter BlackReagan 04/21/1982 - 10/20/19941991 - 199410/21/1994 - PresentHarvard, A.B., 1947Harvard Law, LL.B., 1949
Senior Judge Marvin GarbisW. Bush 10/25/1989 - 06/13/200306/14/2003 - PresentJohns Hopkins U., B.E.S., 1958Harvard Law, J.D., 1961
Senior Judge Alex HarveyL.B. Johnson 09/22/1966 - 03/07/19911986 - 199103/08/1991 - PresentYale, B.A., 1947Columbia Law, LL.B., 1950
Senior Judge Frederick MotzReagan 07/12/1985 - 12/16/20101991 - 200112/17/2010 - PresentWesleyan U., A.B., 1964U. of Virginia Law, LL.B., 1967
Senior Judge William NickersonH.W. Bush 05/14/1990 - 06/10/200206/11/2002 - PresentU. of Virginia, B.A., 1955U. of Maryland Law, LL.B., 1962
Senior Judge Roger TitusW. Bush 11/06/2003 - 1/17/20141/17/2014 - PresentJohns Hopkins U., B.A., 1963Georgetown U. Law, J.D., 1966
Senior Judge Peter MessitteClinton 10/20/1993 - 08/31/200809/01/2008 - PresentAmherst College, B.A., 1963U. of Chicago Law School, J.D., 1966
Senior Judge Joseph YoungNixon 07/29/1971 - 07/31/198708/01/1987 - PresentDartmouth College, A.B., 1948U. of Virginia School of Law, LL.B., 1951
Senior Judge Frederic SmalkinReagan 09/26/1986 - 01/07/20032001 - 200301/08/2003 - PresentJohns Hopkins U., B.A., 1968U. of Maryland Law, J.D., 1971


Magistrate judges

JudgeActiveBachelorsLaw
Magistrate Judge William Connelly03/31/1995 - PresentU. of Maryland, B.A., 1973U. of Maryland Law, J.D., 1976
Magistrate judge Charles Day2/18/1997 - PresentU. of Maryland '78U. of Maryland Law '84
Magistrate Judge Thomas M. DiGirolamo11/06/1998 - PresentRutgers College, B.A., 1978Pennsylvania State U. Law, J.D., 1981
Magistrate Judge Susan Gauvey02/26/1996 - PresentRosary College, B.A., 1970Northwestern U. Law, J.D., 1973
Magistrate Judge Beth Gasner05/1999 - PresentIndiana U. of Pennsylvania, 1979Georgetown U. Law, J.D., 1983
Magistrate Judge Jillyn Schulze10/24/1994 - PresentWestern Maryland College, B.A., 1973U. of Maryland Law, J.D., 1980
Magistrate Judge Stephanie Gallagher04/18/2011 - PresentGeorgetown U., B.A. (1994)Harvard Law, J.D. (1997)
Judge Timothy J. Sullivan2012-PresentMarquette University, 1984Georgetown University Law Center, 1987
Magistrate Judge C. Bruce Anderson3/2012 - PresentWestern Maryland College, 1975U. of Baltimore Law, J.D., 1992
Magistrate Judge Stephanie A. Gallagher4/18/2011 - PresentGeorgetown U., 1994Harvard Law, J.D., 1997


Past judges

Former Chief judges

Former Chief JudgesTerm
Frederic Smalkin2001 - 2003
Robert Watkins1970
Roszel Thomsen1955 - 1970
Edward Northrop1970 - 1981
Frank Kaufman1981 - 1986
William Caldwell Coleman1948 - 1955
Frederick Motz1991 - 2001
Alex Harvey1986 - 1991
Walter Black1991 - 1994
Benson Legg2003 - 2010

In order to qualify for the office of Chief Judge in one of the federal courts, a judge must have been in active service on the court for at least one year, be under the age of 65, and have not previously served as Chief Judge. A vacancy in the office of Chief Judge is filled by the judge highest in seniority among the group of qualified judges. The Chief Judge serves for a term of seven years or until age 70, whichever occurs first. The age restrictions are waived if no members of the court would otherwise be qualified for the position. Unlike the Chief Justice of the United States, a Chief Judge returns to active service after the expiration of his or her term and does not create a vacancy on the bench by the fact of his or her promotion.[1][2]



Former judges


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